There are no confirmed illnesses at this time.
On August 3, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that JBS Food Canada ULC—a Brooks, Alberta, Canada establishment—is recalling approximately 38,406 pounds of boneless beef head meat products that were not presented for import re-inspection into the United States.
It is important to note that the recall was made on a routine surveillance error and not on confirmed illnesses as of this time.
"There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider," the FSIS said in a statement.
The meat was imported on July 13 and made into ground beef products. The following products are subject to recalls, according to the FSIS:
- 80-lb. boxes containing eight, 10-lb. chubs of “BALTER MEAT COMPANY 73/27 GROUND BEEF,” with “USE BY/FREEZE BY” dates of 08/09/2020 or 08/10/2020, pack dates of 072020, 072120, or 072220, and lot codes of 2020A or 2030A represented on the label.
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 11126” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to distribution centers in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, for further distribution to retail locations.
While there have been no confirmed illnesses, if you have these products in your freezer, you should throw them out or return them to the place of purchse. Do not consume them, as this was a Class I recall, classified as a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause adverse health consequences.
Consumers with questions about the recall can contact the JBS USA Consumer Hotline at (800)-727-2333.
Consumers with food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or live chat via Ask USDA from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Consumers can also browse food safety messages at Ask USDA or send a question via email to MPHotline@usda.gov. For consumers who need to report a problem with a meat, poultry, or egg products, the online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at https://foodcomplaint.fsis.usda.gov/eCCF/